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They call Miami a sunny place for shady people. Our pastel-color buildings might look innocuous, but wander into the wrong place at the wrong time and you could stumble across a scene out of Brian De Palma’s Scarface. There is dark mulch to be found under the coral rock: epithet-spewing politicos, mysterious foreigners communicating in a veritable babel of languages, and a plethora of gainfully unemployed residents. The 305 makes a great choice for Akashic Books’ ongoing series of original noir anthologies. Miami Noir promises to be a page turner that presents our city as a new version of the Old West, a frontier that teems with contradictory characters: old-timers longing for the good old days juxtaposed against hungry migrants seeking a slice of the fabled American pie.

Some of our finest crime fiction writers contributed to this collection; James W. Hall, John Dufresne, Preston Allen, Tom Corcoran, and Christine Kling all have tales in the volume. The director of Florida International University’s creative writing department, Les Standiford, edited the anthology. Meet these authors and many more of their peers at this afternoon’s book-release party, which will begin at 5:00 at Scotty’s Landing. Call 305-854-2626, or visit
Fri., Nov. 17


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